Halobetasol (Topical)

Halobetasol is a corticosteroid that is used in the treatment of skin conditions to relieve the symptoms.

Overview

Halobetasol is a topical treatment applied to skin conditions for the relief of symptoms and discomfort. It is a corticosteroid treatment that helps to relieve itching, swelling, redness and other discomforts caused by skin conditions.

Halobetasol is for external use on the skin only and should not be applied to orifices. It is a prescribed treatment and should be used only as directed by your doctor.

Halobetasol is available as a cream, lotion or ointment and is prescribed as Ultravate or Ultravate X.

Patients should not wrap or cover the treated area when using this treatment unless directed to by the doctor. Wrapping the treated area and cause a greater intake of medication that can intensify side effects.

Condition treated

  • Skin irritation

Type Of Medicine

  • Corticosteroid

Side Effects

In additions to the desired effects of Halobetasol, other unwanted side effects may also occur. These side effects may in some cases require that the patient seeks medical attention. Not all side effects may occur:

If the following side effects are experienced then patients should contact their doctor immediately for advice:

  • Blistering
  • Blisters appearing under the skin
  • Burning
  • Burning or crawling feelings of the skin
  • Crusting
  • Dryness of the skin
  • Flaking of the skin
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Itching
  • Pins and needles
  • Rash
  • Redness or scaling around the lips and mouth
  • Scaling
  • Severe redness
  • Soreness
  • Stinging
  • Swelling
  • Thinning or loosening of the skin
  • Tingling
  • Unusually warm skin
  • Welts

Other side effects can also occur that would not normally require that you seek medical attention. These side effects will normally be mild and do not indicate wider medical complications that may be occurring. If these side effects do become bothersome, however, then you should consult your healthcare professional for advice on how to alleviate them:

  • Acne
  • Burning or itching in hairy areas of the body and puss at the follicle
  • Increased growth on the back, arms, legs or forehead
  • Lightening of darker skin
  • Lightening of skin coloration
  • Pimples
  • Red or purple lines appearing on the groin, face, trunk, legs or arms
  • Small red blisters that burn or itch

Other side effects that have not been listed herein could also occur in some patients. If you experience any side effects that have not been listed then you should contact your doctor for advice on how to respond.

Dosage

This medication must only be used as you have been directed to use it by your doctor. You should never use more of it, use it more frequently nor use it for longer than you have been ordered by your doctor. Doing so may cause unwanted side effects to occur and may create new skin irritations.

You should only use this treatment on the skin. It is not for use in any orifice and should not be used on cuts or broken skin. If the treatment gets into any of these areas then you should rinse it with water straight away and ensure that it is properly cleaned to prevent irritation.

This medication should only ever be used on the areas directed by your doctor. You should not use it to treat other areas which the medication has not been prescribed for. Use on some skin conditions, particularly infections, can make the conditions worse. You should never use this topical application on infections or burns.

Do not apply this treatment to the face, groin or underarms unless a doctor has directed you to.

To use this treatment you should follow these steps:

  • Wash your hands and the affected area thoroughly with soap.
  • Apply a thin layer of treatment to the affected area of skin and rub the treatment into the skin gently.
  • Do not apply any wrap or covering to the treated area unless you have been directed to by your doctor. Doing so will increase the amount of medication that is absorbed by the body.

You should only ever use this treatment as you have been directed to by your doctor. The following information uses average to provide a guidance dosage only and should not be used to make changes to the dose you have been prescribed with:

  • Adults should apply a thin layer of treatment to the affected area as directed once or twice daily.
  • Children aged 12+ should apply a thin layer of treatment to the affected area as directed once or twice daily.
  • Children below the age of 12 should not normally be treated with this medication and use is not recommended.

If a dose of Halobetasol is missed then you should apply it as soon as possible. If you are close to your next dose being due, however, then you should skip the missed dose and return to your normal schedule. Do not apply more treatment to make up for the missed dose as this will only increase occurrence of side effects.

Interactions

Certain medications should never be used together. This is because they can interact with each other in or on the body. In the most severe cases the use of medications together can cause life-threatening consequences. In other cases medications may prevent one another from working or may increase the side effects that are experienced.

To avoid interactions occurring you must inform your doctor of all medications that you are taking before you begin treatment with Halobetasol. This includes all prescribed treatments, all herbal remedies, all dietary supplements and all over the counter medications too. It is particularly important that you inform your doctor if you are taking any other corticosteroids or if you are applying any other topical treatments to the affected area.

Other interactions can also occur between medications and alcohol, foods and tobacco. You should discuss your diet and use of alcohol and tobacco with your doctor before you begin use of this treatment.

Other medical problems can also have an impact on the use of this treatment. This is because certain conditions may be worsened by treatment for another condition and the side effects of treatments may be increased by the presence of medical problems. You must inform your doctor of all medical conditions from which you suffer. For the use of Halobetasol it is especially important that you inform your doctor of the following conditions

There conditions can be worsened by use of Halobetasol:

Side effects may be increased in patients with the following conditions:

  • Infection of the skin at site of application
  • Large sores
  • Broken skin
  • Severe skin injury

Patients with the following conditions should not be treated with Halobetasol:

Warnings

Before beginning use of any medication you should weigh the benefits against the risks of use. For the use of Halobetasol you should ensure that you have considered all of the following factors with your doctor:

Allergies ' You must inform your doctor of all allergies that you have suffered from in the past. This is particularly important if you have suffered an allergic reaction to a corticosteroid in the past. Such an allergy may prohibit the use of Halobetasol in the patient.

Pediatric 'There are no known limitations to the use of Halobetasol in children aged 12+. However, the medication should be used with caution in children and young adults because it has a high toxicity. You should not apply more than ordered and must carefully follow the instructions given by your doctor. Children should never have their treatment covered as this can increase the absorption into the body. The use of this medication in children below the age of 12 is not recommended.

Geriatric' Studies carried out to date have not demonstrated any geriatric specific problems that would the use and safety of use in elderly patients.

Pregnancy' There is a risk to the use of this treatment when pregnant. It should only be used in pregnant women when the benefit of doing so is clear and extra caution should be taken not to use too great a dose of the treatment. You must inform your doctor if you are pregnant before you begin use of this treatment.

Breastfeeding' It is known the corticosteroids can pass into the milk of a breastfeeding mother and be transferred to the infant. You should consider the risks of continuing breastfeeding in relation to the benefits of doing so with your doctor. You may be advised to cease breastfeeding during treatment with this medication.

Your doctor will need to make regular checks on you during the use of this treatment to determine progress and check for any unwanted effects that could be occurring form the use of this treatment.

If symptoms do not begin to improve in a few days then you should arrange another visit with your doctor. If symptoms worsen or if new irritations occur then you should contact your doctor urgently.

Using this medication for a long period of time can increase the risk of problems of the adrenal gland occurring. This risk is increased in children and in patients taking the medication for a long term condition. You should inform your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms of adrenal gland problems:

  • Blurring of vision
  • Fainting or faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Increased heartrate
  • Irregularity of heartrate
  • Increased thirstiness
  • Increased weakness
  • Irritability or quickness to annoyance
  • Unusual weakness
  • Unusual tiredness

You should stop use of this treatment if you develop new irritations of the skin from use. Consult your doctor in this case.

Do not apply other topical treatments to the affected area unless you have been directed to by your doctor and do not use other treatments for this condition at the same time.

Do not apply cosmetics products to the affected area during treatment.

Storage

This topical treatment can be stored at room temperature but should be kept out of direct light and away from heat and moisture. You should prevent the treatment from freezing.

Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children even when the use is intended for the child.

Dispose of the medication safely after use.

Summary

Halobetasol is a corticosteroid used in the treatment of skin conditions. Halobetasol is applied as a cream, ointment or lotion and will help to relieve symptoms including itching, redness and swelling.

Do not use this medication in conjunction with any other treatments and do not apply any other topical products to the affected area during treatment.

You should not cover the treated area or wrap it as this will increase the amount of medication that is absorbed through the skin.